Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 16th, 2013
BluRay released: October 22nd, 2013
Approximate running times: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Snuff began as a film called The Slaughter that was directed by Michael Findlay. Years later this film was bought by a producer who would then have the film slightly altered and have a brand new ending depicting what is supposed to be an actually snuff film. Which lead to the film being re-titled Snuff.
The plot revolves around a girl biker gang who are under the influence of a Charles Manson like cult leader. Along the way this charismatic leader gets his gang of girls to go on murderous rampage. As you can clearly see there is not much going on here. And there is a lot of padding leading up to the killing spree which makes up the latter third of the film.
Reportedly upon its original release this film was considering shocking and revolted many who saw it. Looking back the gruesome moments of carnage, most notably the ‘faux’ snuff sequence tacked on the end of the film –they all come off as rather crudely executed. The effects are so surprisingly bad that it is amazing that anyone feel for the Ballyhoo of what this film was trying to sell.
With that being said, despite its flaws and my preconceived notions coming into this film I actually walked a higher regard for this film. When viewed solely as a film, even just as an exploitation film Snuff is as middle of the road as you can get. When viewed as the spectacle it creators intended it to be the film is a lot easier to digest and enjoy.
Snuff comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive anamorphic widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in excellent shape. The image looks crisp, grain looks natural and there are no issues with compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a DTS-HD Mono mix in English. There are no issues with background noise, dialog comes through clearly enough to follow and everything sounds balanced. Also included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include a intro to the film with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, reversible cover art, a poster & still gallery, a controversy gallery, a text based essay titled ‘Snuff: The Seventies and Beyond’ written by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, German and U.S. trailers for the film, a brief clip with retired FBI agent Bill Kelly who discusses Snuff films, and two interviews, the 1st one titled ‘Shooting Snuff’ with filmmaker Carter Stevens (10 minutes 26 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and the 2nd interview titled ‘Up to Snuff’’ with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (7 minutes 29 seconds – anamorphic widescreen).
Topics discussed in Carter Stevens interview include how this film began as another project named The Slaughter and his involvement in the film – the controversial tacked on snuff sequence / ending. Though he was not involved in this film production that does not make Nicolas Winding Refn interview is more of a fans perspective of the film any less interesting than the other extras included with this release. He is obviously a fan of this film and he discusses in great detail what he likes about this film. His enthusiasm is infectious. Overall Snuff gets an exceptional release from Blue Underground.
Note: This film is also being released by Blue Underground on DVD.